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My mom just had a stroke, seeking education on recovery.
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Paulxyz posted:
2-3 days ago my mom had a stroke, She had a fall a month ago bumped her head, she is 70, other medical conditions, HBP, Doctor said no surgery at this point, too small of a bleed, She cant really talk, but is with it 60-70% and talks a lot of the time but I can't understand her. She opens her eyes half way and can recognize people, she might be doing some parroting in words, but is fisty and constantly asks to get up, calls people by name restless, wants up and restless..
I'm a wreck, I am wanting stats on people recovering from strokes like these what is typical for people with strokes, I know results and outcomes are different for everybody but any advice or insight would be appreciated. Thanks Paul
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Richard C Senelick, MD responded:
I suspect your mother's doctors are speaking in general terms and being somewhat vague about how long her recovery will take. Thr reason is that we are not very good at predicting who will get better and how long it will take. The good news is that the vast majority of stroke patients improve and over 80 % regain the ability to walk.

One of the best indicators of prognosis is the rapidity with which someone improves. If they are steadily making progress we suspect that they will continue. If after a few months, there is little progress, then we worry that the person will be left with significant problems.

It is too early to know how well your mom will do, but you have every reason to be optimistic. It is very early and there is still swelling around the bleeding. Parts of her brain are still in a state of neurologic "shock".

You need to start looking at rehabilitation facilities and be sure she is not sent to a nursing home for rehabilitation instead of a rehabilitation hospital, even if they claim they do rehabilitation. I wrote a series of four blogs for WebMD on "How to Pick a Rehabilitation Hospital on their Different Normal blog site. Start looking now so you are not faced with having to make a decision in one day.

Good Luck.
After your stroke you may be experiencing a new normal, but remember what George Eliot said- It is never too late to be what you might have been. You still can achieve new goals.
 
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Paulxyz replied to Richard C Senelick, MD's response:
Thank you very much for the information. It's appreciated very much.
Paul


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